Among the most socially and personally vocal archaeological remains
on the North American continent are the massive and often complexly
designed earthen architecture of Hopewellian peoples of two
thousand years ago, their elaborately embellished works of art made
of glistening metals and stones from faraway places, and their
highly formalized mortuaries. In this book, twenty-one researchers
in interwoven efforts immerse themselves and the reader in this
vibrant archaeological record in order to richly reconstruct the
societies, rituals, and ritual interactions of Hopewellian
peoples.; By finding the faces, actions, and motivations of
Hopewellian peoples as individuals who constructed knowable social
roles, the authors explore, in a personalized and locally
contextualized manner, the details of Hopewellian life: leadership,
its sacred and secular power bases, recruitment, and formalization
over time; systems of social ranking and prestige; animal-totemic
clan organization, kinship structures, and sodalities; gender
roles, prestige, work load, and health; community organization in
its tri-scalar residential, symbolic, and demographic forms;
intercommunity alliances and changes in their strategies and
expanses over time; and interregional travels for power questing,
pilgrimage, healing, tutelage, and acquiring ritual knowledge.
These and other aspects of Hopewellian life are revealed through
the assembly of comprehensive data bases of unprecedented scale,
most of which are fully reported in CD form for the benefit of
other researchers.; This book is useful to scholars, graduate
students, and advanced undergraduates interested in the workings
and development of social complexity at local and interregional
scales, recent theoretical developments in the anthropology of the
topics listed above, the prehistory of eastern North America, its
history of intellectual development, and Native American ritual,
symbolism, and belief.
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